The Beatles DC Concert, 1964

The Beatles DC Concert 1964

At Noon on February 11, 1964, two days after their live telecast on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York, John, Paul, George and Ringo braved a snowstorm and took a train to the Nation’s Capital for a concert that night. The Beatles were seen as a menace by Washington’s barbers and the Second Coming by DC’s squealing teens.

The concert was held in an echoing, ugly concrete icehouse called variously the Uline Arena, Washington Sports Arena, and Washington Coliseum. 8,092 fans attended, paying three or four bucks a head. Tommy Roe was one of the opening acts, and will open a 50th anniversary concert at the Arena on February 11, 2014, which benefits the DC Preservation League (check for remaining standing room tickets). After the concert re-creation by BeatlemaniaNow, the Arena building will be remodeled into … something-or-other. The seats will be ripped out and a few will be raffled off, with proceeds going to (you guessed it) the DC Preservation League.


“Memories Of Beatles DC Concert 50 Years Later,” Bruce Leshan, WUSA 9 News

“The Beatles (sort of) come back to a restored (sort of) Uline Feb. 11,” Amy Rogers Nazarov, Elevation DC

“It Was 50 Years Ago Today,” Jenny Rogers, WCP Arts Desk

“The Beatles’ first U.S. concert: An oral history of the day the Fab Four conquered D.C.,” J. Freedom du Lac, Washington Post


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